Interstellar's bad-guy astronaut, Matt Damon hits the big screen this time as the big hero in Martian. NASA creates global sensation when they launch a rescue operation of Mark Watney who is left behind in the red planet by his crew mates who take him for dead. Mark's survival skills are pushed to the limits when he has to fight all odds in order to pull through the extreme weather and potential starvation with a limited supply of oxygen and resources amidst the anxiety and excitement of being the only living being on Mars.
This visually stunning film has a smart balance of tension, emotion and humour. Matt Damon, who is a very talented actor, did not exactly deliver an utterly outstanding performance that this role demanded, but none the less he plays a convincing Mark Watney and was as charming as ever.
The politics, diplomacy, tough decision-makings and hard work that goes behind such missions are very skilfully scripted. All the actors in this film bring alive the passion space geniuses and their team on earth share. The concept of home-sickness is taken to a whole different level with home being several light-years away. The only thing missing from the script is any mention of space anxiety but this can be ignored assuming Mark's character to be outstandingly cool and relaxed even when estranged in an uninhabited planet.
The timing for the release of this film couldn't be better as the recent water-on-Mars news has done great favours to its marketing and promotions, not that it needed any other attraction other than a picture of Matt Damon in spacesuit. Inspired by a novel of the same name, The Martian brings real science to the screen with an audience-engaging entertainment and a highly encouraging stamina.
Whether or not you are a sci-fi fan, this film should not be missed.
Rating - 4 and half stars Cast - Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig